Heart Shaped Pot Mitt
A decorative and useful craft for Valentine's Day is a heart shaped pot mitt. You can make one yourself with a few materials and a bit of time. This is a guide about making a heart shaped pot mitt
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We needed new potholders and decided that making my own would be the best way to get exactly what I wanted. Plus, the handmade ones from my mother have held up so much better than the store bought ones. These potholders are easy to make and can easily be customized for your kitchen.
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1/2 yd each, of two coordinating fabrics
- 1/2 yd Warm and Natural batting (or similar cotton batting)
- 1 pkg. double-fold bias tape
- sewing needle
- sewing machine
Click Here to download a printable (PDF) version of the template.
- Trace your template onto both fabric pieces. You will need one full heart in each color and two half hearts in each color. Also you will need two full hearts of Warm and Natural.
- Take two heart halves, one in each color, and place them right sides together. Stitch along the straight side, then fold them back along the seam so that they are right side out. Press along the seam, so that they lay flat together.
- Top-stitch the heart half about 1/4 in. from the edge. Tie of the thread ends and trim off excess. Repeat with the other two heart halves.
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- Now layer your full heart together, with the two pieces of batting in the middle and the fabrics right-side out. Stitch a seam down the center of the heart, this will keep the layers from slipping as you work on the potholder. Tie of the thread ends and trim off excess.
- Now lay the two sewn heart halves on top of the full heart and pin everything together. Loosely baste the half hearts on, to avoid shifting.
- Staring at the bottom point, begin pinning the bias tape onto the potholder. As you go along, be sure that the edge stays tight to the fold of the bias tape. When you come to the end again, fold the end of the tape under and pin.
- When sewing the bias tape on, be sure to not sew too close to the edge of the tape, as you may miss the tape edge on the backside.
- Once you finish attaching the bias tape, tie off the threads and use a sewing needle to pull the ends back inside to hide them. Trim off any excess.
- Cut a piece of bias tape approx. 3 inches long. Stitch it together along the edge. Pin it onto the potholder, turning the ends under. Sew in place. Tie off ends and trim off excess.
Heart shaped microwave mittens made from quilted scraps.
Approximate Time: An hour or less
- two scraps of quilted fabric each, about 9 inches square
- bias tape to match
- ribbon for bow
- paper for templates
- sewing machine and supplies
- Make a template for a heart by doubling over a scrap of paper. The heart should be about 8 inches across at the widest part, or wider if you have large hands. Using this template as a pattern, make another template for half a heart, tapering the piece as shown in the photo.
- For each mitt, cut out one full size heart. With right sides of fabric facing, cut out two half hearts.
- Bind the straight edges of the half hearts with bias tape. If you have fancy stitches on your sewing machine, you can sew over the bias tape using a contrasting color, or just leave plain.
- With the wrong side of the half hearts to the right side of the full heart, machine baste all around the edges. Trim very close to basting.
- Apply bias tape around the outside edge of heart. Sew a fancy stitch around outside if desired.
- Attach a loop for hanging at the back and tack a ribbon bow at center top of heart.
By preserver from Manitoba
These heart shaped potholders are easy to make and can easily be customized for your kitchen. View the full project here: Heart Shaped Potholder
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